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Material Type: Book
Collection: Comics
Call Number: US SPECFIC FRE2005
Title: The Ticking
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Personal name: French, Renee
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005461 checked in 2018-12-09 11:40:59

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Topical term or geographic name as entry element: Speculative Fiction
International Standard Book Number: 9781891830709
Name of publisher, distributor, etc.: Top Shelf Productions
Date of publication, distribution, etc.: 2005
Summary, etc. note: At birth, Edison Steelhead takes his mother's life and his father's deformed face. Secreted away by his father to be raised in a remote island lighthouse, Edison relates to his surroundings in the only way he knows how - by capturing them in his sketchbook. Able to find beauty in even the most grotesque of things, Edison embraces his own unsettling appearance and sets out to confront the rest of the world. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. "French's work always splits the difference between cuteness and revulsion, and her new graphic novel is both the sweetest and the most stomach-churning thing she's ever drawn. Budding artist Edison Steelhead is a grotesquely deformed boy—his eyes are on opposite sides of his head—whose mother died in childbirth. His father wants Edison to get radical plastic surgery. After Edison refuses, his father brings home a "new sister" for him, Patrice, who's a bug-eating chimpanzee in a baby-doll dress. Then things get really weird. Edison heads off to seek his fortune in the city, his father continues to try to get him to hide or change his face, and the book's point becomes less and less its plot and more French's astonishing artwork—just a small, wobbly-bordered panel or two on each page, rendered in feather-soft pencil textures. Edison's bildungsroman involves a bunch of exquisitely rendered symbolic motifs: flies, fishing lures, tweezers, dismal hotel wallpaper and some gruesomely sexual-looking geoducks. Miraculously, French keeps The Ticking's tone deadpan and charming, with laconic captions and long silent sequences—even the grossest moments are played for nervous giggles. She's an inimitable and masterful stylist, a kind of Edward Gorey who draws out the whimsical side of body-horror." (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Expansion of summary note: grotesque, cute, cuteness, whimsical, experimental, contemporary, anthropomorphic animals, disturbing, surreal, anxiety, loneliness, female, women, American, US, United States, pencil, deformity, plastic surgery, fairy tale, chimpanzee, siblings, soft pencil textures, symbolism, surrealism, wordless, body horror
Method of acquisition: Donation
Date of acquisition: December, 2018
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